Ad Hoc Networks. 8th International Conference, ADHOCNETS 2016, Ottawa, Canada, September 26-27, 2016, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

A Gateway Prototype for Coalition Tactical MANETs

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-51204-4_27,
        author={Mazda Salmanian and William Pase and J. David Brown and Chris McKenzie},
        title={A Gateway Prototype for Coalition Tactical MANETs},
        proceedings={Ad Hoc Networks. 8th International Conference, ADHOCNETS 2016, Ottawa, Canada, September 26-27, 2016, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={ADHOCNETS},
        year={2017},
        month={4},
        keywords={MANET Gateway Interoperability Domain name service Network address translation Wireless Mobile ad hoc network Coalition networking},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-51204-4_27}
    }
    
  • Mazda Salmanian
    William Pase
    J. David Brown
    Chris McKenzie
    Year: 2017
    A Gateway Prototype for Coalition Tactical MANETs
    ADHOCNETS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-51204-4_27
Mazda Salmanian1,*, William Pase2,*, J. David Brown1,*, Chris McKenzie3,*
  • 1: Defence Research and Development Canada
  • 2: Armacode Inc.
  • 3: MIC
*Contact email: mazda.salmanian@drdc-rddc.gc.ca, bill@armacode.com, david.brown@drdc-rddc.gc.ca, chris@mckenzieic.com

Abstract

Mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) are well suited for tactical groups whose operations require that the network adapt to dynamic topology changes without the aid of centralized infrastructures. As more coalition forces deploy in tactical operations, their networks require inter-connectivity for sharing broadcast, multicast and unicast traffic from coalition applications such as situational awareness and sensor data. Inter-MANET connectivity, however, should not be at the cost of compromising a national MANET’s sovereignty in terms of radio devices, subnet address space, and communication and routing protocols. In this paper, we describe our implementation of a gateway application that enables coalition tactical MANETs to inter-connect based on role names instead of IP addresses while keeping their national radios and networking sovereign and while protecting their private network addresses. We exhibit results and learned lessons from our laboratory experiments where we tested our gateway application in several MANET formations to ensure the functionality of relay connectivity, domain name service and network address translation features. The gateway application has potential to serve as a prototype for the future development of secure interoperability policies, service level agreements and standards at the tactical edge, e.g., for future NATO standardization agreements (STANAGs).